March 6 - March 12, 2022
The Weston Department of Public Works continued to fulfill its mission to construct and maintain the physical infrastructure that provides for the public's health and safety, to protect the environment, and to enhance the quality of life and ensure that Weston continues to be a desirable place in which to live and conduct business. The following is the weekly report, by division:
2022 Roadway Reconstruction Program
Utility work needs to be appropriately coordinated and completed, the following roads are expected to be worked on early next construction season. This also includes crack and chip sealing programs. Also note the gas main work being completed by National Grid in the utility work section below:
- End of Kings Grant Road (Route 117 to Spruce Hill Road Intersection) – double barrel;
- Myles Standish Road;
- Plymouth Road;
- Bradford Road;
- Hancock Road;
- Merriam Street (Westland Road to Silver Hill Road) Including Sidewalk in this area as well
- Hallet Hill Road;
- Willard Road – gas main work first;
- Bemis Road – gas main work first and drainage work;
- Longmeadow Road;
- Spring Road;
- Lantern Road;
- Old Coach Road.
On the radar
- Bittersweet Road;
- Chiltern Road;
- Dean Road;
- Ferndale Road;
- Old Colony Road;
- Columbine Road.
depending on how the season goes:
- Hickory Road – drainage work (crossings) first;
- Briar Lane;
- Walnut Road (public section);
Road Cutting after Paving Moratorium
Once paving is completed on any roadway in Weston, a five-year moratorium on pavement cutting is placed on that road. This is done to protect the investment made by taxpayers. A five-year schedule of anticipated roadway reconstruction is available on the DPW's web page under Capital Improvement Projects.
Town Center Improvement Project Ongoing Work
Outstanding work – There will be two trees (minimum) that will be replaced in the Spring 2022 as there was not good stock at the nurseries; finish controls for tight tank installation on Center Street; then punchlist items that are ongoing.
State/Utility Project Work
National Grid Gas Relay Projects:
- Continuing to coordinate with Eversource on a number of outstanding issues in Town including double poles, poles guyed into trees, leaning poles and pole guyed with rope (Merriam Street), Hazard trees at/near power lines, etc.;
- National Grid has submitted several permits for repairing long-standing gas leak locations;
- Eversource is looking to do tree work (pruning and removals) on several streets in the south section of Town.
- Church Street – (at/about Pigeon Hill Road) Work completed with the exception of the crossing over the MBTA/Rail Trail – Draft of revised proposal of bridge crossing provided to DPW for review and comments
- Winter Street (Brown to Radcliffe Road) – Select Board grant of location held on 3/8/22 and GOL approved that evening with conditions.
- Wellesley Street (649 to Sylvan Lane) – Approved at the Select Board in June 2021. Permit submitted at DPW and under review.
- Black Oak Road and Nobscot Road – Work Ongoing;
- Oxbow Road – Work Ongoing;
- Glen Road (from Oxbow to Wellesley Town Line) – Work Ongoing.
- Roundhill Road – Work Ongoing – Crew suspended work due to COVID positive with crew.
- Willard Road – Anticipated Spring 2022
- Brook Road – Anticipated 2022 Construction Season
- Bemis Road – Anticipated Spring 2022
- Hallet Hill Road (11-15) – Anticipated Spring 2022
- Ridgeway Road (170-250) – Anticipated 2022 Construction Season
- There may be additional gas main replacement work later in the 2022 Construction Season, but the NGrid designs are not yet completed.
Merriam Street Bridge over the MBTA (owned and maintained by MassDOT)
Town is attempting to work with MassDOT on more permanent solution to bridge carrying capacity. MassDOT has been silent since the temporary pier construction was built.
Eversource Utility Pole and Infrastructure Upgrades on 117/North Ave & Winter Street (from Natick Town line to just north of Bogle Street)
The project is approximately 60% complete just on the Eversource portion of work which does not include overhead line transfers to the new poles by other utilities. Eversource indicated that for a project they anticipated being completed by June 2021 that if they complete by the end of the winter 2021/2022 that is their optimistic view. Then overhead line transfers. Then double pole removals. Eversource has been working on this project once or twice per week depending on the weather.
Ongoing DPW Projects & Consultant Work
Drainage and Culvert
State TIP (
- Southside Drainage – Phase III – design and permitting work ongoing. Neighborhood meeting occurred with one (1) participant. NOI filed with the ConCom and approved. Next action items are State and Federal permits, affirming easement rights, and final design documents preparation. Anticipate project startup Spring 2022;
- Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Concord Road Culvert replacement, which has impacts on the Warren Avenue and Merriam Street culverts - decision matrix tabling being evaluated. Engineering presented findings to Select Board and the Conservation Commission.
- Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Sherburn Circle Culvert replacement which the Engineering Division anticipates startup July 2022 assuming Town Meeting Article passes in May 2022.
Overseeing consultant work on)
- Proposed Route 30 Roadway Reconstruction TIP Project (roadway, sidewalk, drainage improvements, intersection improvements, etc.) - approval of 25% plan submission was approved by the Board at a September 24, 2020 meeting. Formal 25% Submission to MassDOT October 2020. Anticipate MassDOT/Consultant Comment Review meeting occurring end of April / beginning of May. Project info at weston.org;
- Proposed Route 20 Intersection Improvement TIP Project - (signal at Boston Post Road/Wellesley Street/Boston Post Road By-Pass) - 25% Plans submitted to MassDOT on March 16, 2020. Anticipate hearing about a MassDOT Pubic Hearing was held on February 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm). Project info at weston.org. Next action item: addressing comments received at the Public Hearing and then submission of 75% Highway Submission. Town will continue to work towards getting this project included in the TIP.;
Ash Street Sidewalk Project – Failed to pass at Town Meeting.
- Warren Avenue – Funding secured for the work; culvert replacement and drainage work needs to take place; sidewalk project needs to be coordinated with roadway work. Warren Avenue sidewalk project has been shelved due to varying opinions on the design of the sidewalk and placement
Highland Street – Rehabilitation project including the addition of two crosswalks at Highland Meadows. Remaining work this construction season is loaming and seeding and final cleanup. The crosswalks will not be constructed until there is a signoff on the approved plans. The ADA ramps were built on the sidewalk side of Highland Street.
- Wireless Meter Reading - See Weston.org/WaterMeters for more project information.
- Resident Notices for Meter Upgrades: June 18th. First letters send out to Cycle #1 (north section of town);
- GPS coordinates collected on all current infrastructure installations;
- Three remaining Collector Antenna sites prepped for installations – work completed;
- Meter Upgrades at DPW completed and operating on new system – Approximately 46% operational (1676 customers).
- Paines Hill Tank Replacement Design – Consultant contract not executing pending review of land and zoning issue with Town Counsel and Working Group set up by the Town Manager and Select Board to review land and zoning issues. Select Board meeting held on January 11th to discuss zoning change and land exchange issues. Zoning change anticipated for water use through the Select Board and Planning Board and ultimately at Town Meeting. Planning Board meeting was held on 2/2/22 to discuss zoning change and hearing was continued to March 16th.
- Coordinating with Developer on Park Road and Recreation Road Development – Including but not limited to roadway modifications on Park Road, water main replacement/upgrade, closure of old water wells.
- Coordinating with Public Tree RFP – Participate in process relating to public tree RFP thru the Town Planner’s office.
- Currently reviewing 16 Stormwater Permits;
- Approved 38 projects currently under construction;
- MS4 Stormwater Permit Annual Report –
- Flood modeling meeting with the Charles River Watershed Association held in January;
- Phosphorous Control Plan (PCP) workshop held with information regarding phosphorus loads for Weston discussed;
- Charles River Climate Compact Meeting held on 3/2/22
- Working with the Town’s Traffic and Sidewalk Committee on several items:
Love Lane, Chestnut Street, Sunset Road, Wellesley Street at Route 30 signal, mirrors, stop sign requests, sidewalk requests, crosswalk requests, etc.;
- Engineering Drainage Designs Ongoing / Construction Bid Documents advertised:
- Rolling Lane – Anticipate construction in 2022;
- 520 Glen Road – Drainage construction anticipated for 2022;
- Winter Street – Culverts are being inspected to determine if replacement is needed;
- Hickory Road – Drainage piping being inspected for possible replacement before the road is paved.
- Completed approximately 51 DigSafes;
- Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
- Conducted 4 final read(s);
- Continued to upgrade meters;
- Inspected 0 new water services and installed meters and valves;
- Fixed 1 water main break;
- Responded to 1 low (no water call) pressure call(s);
- Responded to 0 water quality call(s)
Park and Cemetery Division
- 0 cremation interments;
- 0 grave dug with casket interments;
- Set 0 flush markers;
- Dug and poured foundation for 0 monument(s);
- Seasonal cleanup and pruning in Linwood Cemetery and Central Cemetery;
- Covered shifts at Transfer Station;
- Washed trucks;
- Serviced equipment;
Solid Waste and Recycling Division
- Processed 1 - 100-yard solid waste dumpster(s) totaling 30.83 tons;
- Picked up municipal office recycling – 720 lbs;
- Picked up Town office and select town park solid waste – 1100 lbs.;
- Processed 1 cardboard container – 3.53 tons;
- Processed 0 glass container – 0 tons;
- Processed 0 container of plastic – 0 tons;
- Processed 0 bulky plastic container – 0 lbs;
- Processed 0 newspaper container – 0 tons;
- Ran 0 shuttles for grass/leaves – 0 tons;
- Ran 0 shuttles for brush /logs – 0 tons;
- Processed 0 metal container – 0 tons;
- Process 1 container of scrap wood – 4.16 tons;
- Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes – 2,620 lbs;
- Assisted with pickup of Weston textiles – 680 lbs;
- Electronics and appliances w/Freon – 0 tons;
- Processed the pickup of CRT electronics – 0 tons;
- Processed 5 cent deposit bottles and cans – 0 tons;
- Processed 1 rechargeable battery pickup – 0 lbs;
- Processed pickup of medical sharps – 0 lbs;
- Processed pickup of light bulbs – 0 lbs;
- Assisted with the pick-up of propane tanks – 0 tanks (0 lbs);
- Pickup auto batteries and wire recycling – 0 lbs;
- Swap Shed open on a volunteer basis;
- Cleaned the trailer pit as needed;
- Pick up litter and cleaned up around the site as needed;
- Packed containers as needed to maximize loads;
- Disinfected Solid Waste and Recycling areas daily;
- Seasonal cleanup around the Transfer Station;
- Food Composting – 2240 lbs.
- BULKY WASTE COLLECTION CHANGES started May 1st – See WestonMA.gov/BulkyWaste for details
- Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) - October 2021
Outside of Division:
- COVID-19: Personnel and Equipment SOPs;
- Respond to Misc. calls for Service – None;
- Traffic Detours Setup & Removals: 3/11 Rolling Lane water main break;
- Inspect Roadway/Driveway Conditions: None;
- Employee In/Out of House Training: None;
- Cooks Pond Pump Station (drainage): Pump operating normally, 3/7;
- DIGSafe Markouts & Permits Requested: 3/7, 3/11 Bradford Road and Myles Standish Road;
- Message Board: Frontage of DPW;
- Deer Removal / Dead Animal Removal: None;
- Cleaning and Servicing Equipment: As needed;
- Assist Water Division: 3/11 Water Main Break;
- Assist Park/Cemetery/Transfer Station Division: None;
- Assist Fleet Maintenance: None;
- Assist Engineering: None;
- Assist Police Department: None;
- Assist Fire Department – None;
- Assist Tree Contractor with Removals – None;
Assist Paving Contractor (Lazaro) – None; Assist Hydroseeding Contractor: None; Assist Loaming Crew: None;
- Assist with/or Applying Pavement Markings: None;
- Assist Drainage & Video /Jet Cleaning Contractor: None;
- Assist Grounds/Facilities: None;
- Assist Conservation Commission – None;
- Assist Recreation Department – None;
- Assist MassDOT: None;
Assist VMP Contractor: None – completed this season; Assist Crack Sealing Contractor: None.
- Inspect Roadway Conditions: Various locations;
- Screen and Remove waste gravel material from Upper Yard: None
- Sign and Mailbox Repairs and Installations and fence repairs: ongoing continued on Conant Road
- Assist Stormwater Division – Prep for S&I;
- Pavement Markings (temp) applied and/or removed: None;
- Remove debris from roadway: Tree debris clean up 3/7-10;
- Skin Overlay: 3/11 Winter Street;
- Pothole Patching and Trench Patching: various locations 3/11;
- Wall Inspections and/or Repairs: None;
- Sidewalk & Island Leaf Cleanup: None;
- Street Sweeping: None;
- Repair Shoulder Erosion and/or Surface Degradation: None;
- Mowing and trimming Islands and Grass Strips: None;
- Flail Mowing: None;
- Inspect Tree Locations: None;
- Tree and/or Branch Removals and Debris Cleanup: 3/7-10 from rain/high wind storm;
- Tree Canopy Raising and Trimming: None;
- Cleanup Stump Grindings, backfill with Loam and grade: None;
- Loam and Seed: None;
- Drain Line/Pipe Repairs: None;
- DMH/CB Inspections & Roadway ID Markings: Inspections on 3/7, 3/8, 3/10, and 3/10;
- Assist Highway Division: Prep for S&I, Skinny Overlay, Tree debris pickup;
- Street Sweeping: None;
- Check and Clear Waterways: None;
- Respond flooding calls: None;
- Jet Cleaning Drainage (DPW): 3/7, 3/11;
- Catch Basin Inspection, DMH rebuild: None;
- Install/remove Erosion Controls: None.
- Sand Barrels: None;
- Yard Loader for Material Storage: Salt Deliveries;
- Deicing Operations: 3/9, 3/10, 3/12;
- General Plowing: None;
- Sidewalk Plowing: None;
- Install and Prep Plow and/or Deicing Equipment: 3/9, 3/11;
- Remove Plows: None;
- Snow Removal: None.
Vehicle Maintenance Division
Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on
- 9 school buses
- 5 police vehicles
- 11 DPW trucks and other equipment
- 0 recreation vehicle
- 0 school grounds vehicles
noting that the DPW Vehicle Maintenance Division is responsible for over 131 pieces of rolling stock for the Town;
- Performed 2 major repair(s) on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity: H-5 U joints, Bus No. 5 alternator;
- Fuel island, weekly inspection performed;
- Fuel tanks (0) gallons gasoline delivered; (0) diesel delivered;
- Facility tanks (0) gallons pumped, waste oil (0) gallons, Waste antifreeze (0) gallons; tight tanks (2000);
- Inspections: None;
- Road Call: C-3;
- Recalls: None;
- Division Project: Highway Division with snow and ice operations;
- Wash Bay Maintenance: None;
- Performed 1 repairs on sanders and plows: H-12 magnesium nozzle
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